What is a Pediatrician?
A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians have undergone special training in the health and illnesses of infants, teens and young adults, and the majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam.
Pediatricians provide preventive health care for children in good health and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. They also provide parents with support and advice with issues such as growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition, and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.
How often should my child see a pediatrician?
Your child should not only see a pediatrician for an illness. It is also important to schedule well-child-care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or checkups, these routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child’s physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another. Well-care visits are strongly recommended as part of preventive pediatric care.
Well-child visits are also a good time for parents to raise questions and concerns about a child’s development, behavior, nutrition, safety and overall well-being.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits:
- 2 to 5 days
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- And once every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.
What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?
You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours.
Is your office accepting new patients?
Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment.
Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?
Immunizations are a series of shots given to children at different ages to help ward off serious, and potentially fatal, childhood diseases. Making sure your child receives immunizations when scheduled is the best way to help protect your child from potentially fatal diseases. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%.
Please note that we at Sang Pediatrics feel strongly that vaccines protect children from many severe illnesses.
How can we transfer into your practice?
You will need to fill out a Medical-Release-Form. This authorizes us to request a copy of your past medical records from your previous pediatrician so we can have good continuity of care.
If you have an HMO insurance plan, you will need to call your insurance carrier to switch your primary care doctor to one of our pediatricians to ensure coverage.
Where can I get the form to authorize the release of my children’s medical record?
This can be done either at our office or your present pediatrician’s office. You can stop by or call and we will be happy to provide forms for you. We also have the form on our website for you to download and fill out. Once you complete the form, please forward it to your current pediatrician, so that your record can be sent directly to our practice.
What are your office hours?
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
(Closed daily for lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm)
What if I call and you are closed?
We are always available to take your calls. If we are away from the office, we have a 24 hour answering service. They will contact the on-call doctor for any emergencies.
What hospitals are you affiliated with?
We have privileges and round on newborns born at Community Regional Medical Center and Clovis Community Medical Center.